Get ready to celebrate International Karaoke Day on July 19th! This special day is dedicated to the joy of singing, laughter, and unforgettable performances. Karaoke, which originated from the Japanese words for “empty” and “orchestra,” perfectly captures the essence of this activity. It involves singing along to music-only tracks while following the lyrics displayed on a screen.
But why was July 19th chosen as International Karaoke Day? This date holds significance as it honours the invention of the karaoke machine by Daisuke Inoue in 1971. Inoue’s innovative creation involved producing backing tracks of popular songs in keys that were easier for casual singers to handle. This development played a significant role in the widespread popularity of karaoke.
Now, let’s explore the history of karaoke. The invention of the first karaoke machine is subject to some dispute. Shigeichi Negishi created the “Sparko Box” in 1967, while Daisuke Inoue independently invented his own karaoke machine in 1971. Additionally, Roberto del Rosario contributed to the popularity of karaoke in the Philippines with his invention of the Karaoke Sing-Along System in 1975.
Beyond the sheer entertainment value, karaoke offers numerous health benefits that enhance overall well-being. Singing stimulates the brain, alleviates stress, facilitates emotional expression, boosts confidence, and even improves breathing and lung capacity. Engaging in karaoke is not just about the music; it also positively impacts your physical and mental health, leaving you with a renewed sense of joy and fulfilment.
One of the standout features of karaoke in Kenya’s Coastal region is the fusion of musical tastes. Prepare for a delightful mix of local hits, popular Swahili songs, Bongo Flava tracks, and international favourites from various genres. The talented karaoke hosts, such as Joly Karaoke, Jo Musiq, Kowa & Sony, Njeri, Cate Lioness, and Naba the Goddess, will guide you through the experience.
Karaoke is an activity that everyone should try, regardless of their singing abilities. It’s all about having a great time and enjoying the company of friends, stepping outside your comfort zone. In a typical karaoke setting, nobody worries about their singing prowess. Most people appreciate the effort and enthusiasm you bring to the stage. So, seize the opportunity, give karaoke a chance, and create wonderful memories filled with laughter, joy, and the spirit of celebration!